Careers in the Plant Sciences

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Manchester University - North Manchester, IN, United States

Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Position Type: Visiting Faculty
Application Review Begins: Monday, April 01, 2019
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Institution: Manchester University
Department/Division: Biology/College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences
Field (e.g., systematics): Plant Ecology, Plant Physiology, Vascular Plant Systematics, Ecology and Genetics
City: North Manchester, IN, United States
General Information: Position Overview: This is a two-year, full-time faculty position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor in Plant Ecology. Applicants whose research integrates field and collection-based studies, and that uses molecular techniques to address questions related to systematics or evolution of vascular plants are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate courses may include: Vascular Plant Systematics; Algae, Plants & Fungi; Plant Physiology; Ecology and Genetics, as well as introductory courses in Biology and Environmental Studies, and courses for non-majors. Applicants should also have the ability and willingness to mentor undergraduate students in research. Possibility to continue as tenure-track position after completion of the visiting appointment.

Work Schedule: Onsite classes are generally scheduled between 8 AM and 5 PM. Some classes, laboratories, events and/or meetings may be scheduled in the evening or on weekends.

University Profile: Manchester University is an independent, liberal arts university with a campus in North Manchester, Ind., where approximately 1,300 students choose from at least 60 areas of undergraduate study, two master's programs and 21 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Our second campus in Fort Wayne is home to the Manchester University Pharmacy Program, where graduates are awarded the PharmD Doctoral degree.

Manchester has a distinctive commitment to developing respect for ethnic, cultural and religious pluralism and an international consciousness. Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. As an institution rooted in the tradition of the Church of the Brethren, Manchester University values learning, faith, service, integrity, diversity, and community.
Qualifications/Requirements: Qualifications:
• ABD or PhD required with training in plant ecology
• Knowledge and experience sufficient to enable the candidate to effectively teach courses as assigned in Vascular Plant Systematics, Algae, Plants and Fungi, Plant Physiology, Ecology and Genetics, as well as introductory courses in Biology and Environmental Studies, and courses for non-majors.
• Effective presentation skills
• Effective organizational and administrative skills
• Ability to deliver course content and to assist students in understanding course content
• Ability to evaluate student writing and to provide effective feedback
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with students, faculty, staff, and administrators
• Ability to adapt to changing teaching and learning environments and content-delivery methods
• Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, in the best interests of the students
• Ability to prioritize responsibilities, meet deadlines, and respond to students’ legitimate needs in a timely manner
• Ability and willingness to work with students of all skill levels and academic backgrounds
• Ability and willingness to perform clerical work for oneself, as necessary
• Basic leadership, budgetary and supervisory skills
• Proficient in spoken and written English
• Basic computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and internet use
• Use of biological laboratory and field equipment
Responsibilities: Essential Job Functions:
• Teaching, generally twenty-four semester hours per academic year (may include other functions in addition to teaching, such as administrative responsibilities or clinical assignments).
• Maintain professional effectiveness, which include but are not limited to, high quality of scholarship; intellectual integrity; professional currency; cooperation of all phases of the academic program; openness to learn about and adopt improved methods of teaching; and above all, a vital interest in student learning.
• Meeting assigned classes at the scheduled locations and for the scheduled durations
• Directing and attending non-class activities, as appropriate
• Participating in faculty governance, including attending meetings—full faculty, division, department, and committee—and fulfilling attendant responsibilities
• Developing course syllabi
• Administering examinations and assessing student learning
• Working in a professional, collegial and team-oriented manner with the College community
• Maintaining compliance with policies and procedures in the Faculty Manual

Secondary Job Functions:
• Supporting students’ personal and professional development
• Designing new courses, as appropriate
• Actively participating in student recruitment
• Academic advising as appropriate
• Maintaining office hours, as appropriate
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To Apply: We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Apply online via ADP and submit a cover letter, curriculum vita/resume, teaching philosophy and evidence of effective teaching.
Compensation Range: $52,000-$54,000
Contact Name: Jenny Steele,